Stout Moray (Gymnothorax eurostus)

Also known as Abbott's Eel, Abbott's Moray, Abbott's Moray Eel, Indo-Pacific Stout Moray, Pepper Moray, Salt-and-Pepper Moray, Spotted Moray, Stout Moray Eel, White-speckled Moray

Description

Also known as Abbott's Eel, Abbott's Moray, Abbott's Moray Eel, Indo-Pacific Stout Moray, Pepper Moray, Salt-and-Pepper Moray, Spotted Moray, Stout Moray Eel, White-speckled Moray.

Found singly during the day in crevices of debris, rocks and rubble out at night foraging for food over lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed nocturnally crustaceans and small fish.
Can "take a fancy to divers" if they are not careful.
Length- 60cm
Depth - 1-70m
Widespread Eastern Pacific, Indo-Pacific

Morays open and close their mouths to move water through their gills for respiration.
This behaviour can often be seen as a threat especially towards divers, in fact this is far from the truth, they are very shy creatures and will only attack if provoked! Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/6662

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